Issues in Education

A fall summary of educational issues for parents

TItle IX, Anti-Bullying Policies, Advanced Placement Programs


Rancho Cotate High School does not accept any form of discrimination harassment, intimidation, or bullying, based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, political affiliation, marital or parental status, mental or physical disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law, ordinance or regulation, in its educational program(s) or employment. No person shall be denied employment or participation in any program solely because of any impairment which is unrelated to the ability to engage in activities involved in the position(s) or program for which application has been made. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process, Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District will provide you with one upon notice. Direct any complaints to: Office of Assistant Superintedent,7165 Burton Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. (707) 792-4700.

TITLE IX: Ensuring equality in school Athletics, Clubs, Career Technical Ed, and all educational opportunities

Title IX is a comprehensive federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. It covers women and men, girls and boys, and staff and students in any educational institution or program that receives federal funds. Local school districts, colleges and universities, for-profit schools, career and technical education agencies, libraries, and museums are all covered under Title IX. Under Title IX, schools are required to provide equal athletic, co-curricular and educational opportunities to male and female and students.

Title IX is a federal law that was passed in 1972 to ensure that male and female students and employees in educational settings are treated equally and fairly. It protects against discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment). In addition, Title IX protects transgender students and students who do not conform to sex stereotypes. State law also prohibits discrimination based on gender (sex), gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The preamble to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 states that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Title IX requires that each school district have at least one person designated as the Title IX Coordinator. For RCHS this is the Assistant Superintendent Julie Synyard who can be reached at (707)792-4700.

Parent Information Night for 8th Grade Parents November 18th 6:30pm at RCHS

NCS Football - Rancho vs. Petaluma this Saturday night! November 21st at 7 PM at Cougar Stadium.

RCHS is here to respond to complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

The California Code of Regulations (Title 5, Section 4600 et seq.) requires the districts to adopt and publish procedures referred to as the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying complaints. Your student's Assistant Principal is the individual primarily responsible for resolving your complaint.

Assistant Principals are assigned by student last name:

A-El: Ms. Quinn

En-Le: Mr. Wilson

Li-Ra: Mr. Sarlatte

Re-Z: Ms Scardina

707 792-4750

RCHS takes every complaint of bullying very seriously. Most bullying complaints are addressed and resolved within 24 hours; however there are times when ongoing bullying occurs after the intervention of an administrator---in these instances it is imperative that this be reported to your student's Assistant Principal immediately. The administrator will conduct an investigation, review the evidence, and interview the victim, witnesses and other student. Subsequently, the consequences for the bullying behavior will escalate for the other student. Repeated offenses will result in escalated discipline which could result in detention, suspension and even expulsion and/or a police report if they other student does not alter his/her bullying behavior.

It is important in these instances for both parties to refrain from any behavior which can be perceived as threatening, demeaning, retaliatory, or taunting. Such behavior only escalates the situation. If the reporting student engages in these aggressive behaviors after an administrator has intervened--the action will be considered mutual conflict and both students will be disciplined for their mutual behavior.

Formal Complaints

If you are a student, parent or interested third party or organization and you want to report an instance of discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, a complaint must be filed with CRPUSD no later than six months from the date the incident occurred, or the date you first obtained knowledge that the incident occurred. CRPUSD has a complaint form available for your use. It is a good idea to make a copy of the complaint for the record.

Response to complaints

Within 60 days from the date of receipt of the complaint, the district shall conduct and complete an investigation of the complaint and prepare a written decision. During this process, the person responsible for the filing of the complaint is to be given the opportunity to provide evidence he/she believes supports the allegations. The district decision should include: (1) findings of fact; (2) conclusions of law; (3) disposition of the complaint; (4) the rationale for such disposition; (5) corrective actions, if necessary; (6) notice of the right to appeal the district’s decision to the California Department of Education (CDE) within 15 days; and, (7) the procedures to be followed to initiate such an appeal. If the school district fails to follow any of these rules a complaint can be filed directly with the CDE.


The district has 60 days to complete an investigation and provide a written decision to the person filing the complaint. If the person disagrees with the findings of the investigation he/she has the right to appeal those findings within 15 days of receiving the decision to the CDE. In addition, an appeal to the Department can be filed should the district fail to provide a written response. This appeal must be received by the Department within 15 days of the date the response was due.

Advanced Placement Examinations: pay for your student's 2016 exams now- through

AP Courses: These courses are designed to reflect what is being taught in college/university courses. Students receive an external evaluation (the AP exam), which is scored by college faculty from around the world who verifies that the student has mastered college-level studies.

Students who enroll in these courses are expected and required to commit to the full semester.

Students who enroll in AP courses are required to take the correlating Advanced Placement examination.

These tests are roughly $80 each, the full amount is due at the start of the school year. Financial assistance is available to those who apply. Students enrolled in multiple AP courses are required to take the AP examination for at a minimum of two examinations for each year that they take multiple AP courses. Students may select which two examination they take.

Payments can now be made through

AP courses offer weighted GPA’s for students on both high school and college record. This is how many students are able to achieve better than a 4.0 GPA.

Honors Courses: The instruction in honors courses typically move at a quicker pace than regular classes, and involve additional topics covered in greater depth. Students are not required to take an AP exam and honor classes do not offer extra credits for completion.

Todd Richardson: RCHS Educator of the Year!

Todd Richardson was honored as the Rancho Cotate High School Educator of the Year last week in a county-wide ceremony in Healdsburg. Mr. RIchardson is an exceptional educator. He works hard on a daily basis to find strategies that work for his students. He took the lead on an innovative class this year titled “Math Lab” in which struggling students had the opportunity to work directly with Todd to remediate their Math knowledge and help them find real life application and value in Mathematics. He keeps this class safe for his students while also expecting their full and complete participation. He talks about the importance of “buy in” from his students and strives daily to ensure that what he is doing in class has relevance and meaning in their lives. He solves equations with students step by step while engaging students in the logic behind each process. He is a highly contributing member of the math team and accepts any and all teaching challenges with positivity and a sense of adventure. He is leading the establishment of course curriculum maps along with his colleagues and works to mentor the new Math teachers on the team. Watch for his image soon on a bus near you!

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